Living with Celiac Disease or gluten-intolerance boosts the importance of really taking care of yourself. This February, give your self a little LOVE.
Self-care practices can put you on a healthier path, help create less stress and overwhelm in your life, and give you a little energy and uplift to your day.
Hopefully, you aren’t putting yourself at the bottom of your to-do list!
Personally, I spent too many years doing just that, which basically left me tired and grumpy because I believed that self-care was selfish!
So . . . not . . . the . . . case!
Self-care is a must needed tool
in your gluten-free life
(actually for everyone!)
When you fly on an airplane, you’re told to put YOUR oxygen mask on first before helping others. Yes! You have to take care of yourself FIRST to have the energy to help and care for those around you. This is true for your everyday life.
It can be a hard lesson to learn, but imperative to implement.
Here are some self-love tips
to help give you
a little ♥LOVE♥ this month
Start your day with a green smoothie
The nutritional boost you get from greens will boost your energy and the health your body needs to refuel every day. Along with the greens (kale, spinach, or mixed greens) add in some of your favorite fruits, veggies, and spices. Try some bananas, blueberries, cherries, cucumber, celery, ginger, cinnamon, cacao or seeds.
One of my favorite smoothies has kale, pineapple, ginger, avocado, and coconut milk. Experiment and see which one you would enjoy.
Don’t want to drink this in the morning? Then try it for lunch or an afternoon snack and feel a difference in your energy!
Get out and MOVE
Take a walk outside and enjoy being in the sunshine (Get some Vitamin D) for a few minutes each day. Here in PA, it’s pretty cold in February so either bundle up and walk or find another inside exercise to try like yoga or Pilates.
Moving your body will improve your energy, your sleep and can help keep everything moving through your intestines as well. Just move!
Try Dry-Skin Brushing
Have you heard of this?
The skin is your largest organ and is important for detoxification. According to Dr. Axe, there are multiple benefits that dry skin brushing can do: helps digestion, exfoliates the skin, reduces cellulite, and even cleans the lymphatic system to name a few. It can even help with stress levels.
Check out his article on HOW to dry brush and give it a try yourself.
I first tried this back a few years while completing a detox. Now I incorporate this tool into the group Cleanse I run with my clients. You’ll love the look and feel of your skin once you try dry brushing.
Work on Your Sleep
Are you often tired or not getting enough sleep? Lack of sleep may be the cause of so many health issues and should be at the top of our list to correct.
Work to improve your sleep by going to bed at the same time each night, turning off electronics ½ hour to an hour before bed, or try meditating before sleep.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, when you don’t get adequate sleep, your hunger hormones get confused. When you’re tired, your body thinks you are hungry! Then, you spend the day eating more than you should – all the more reason to get your zzzzzs.
Go ahead and give yourself some
♥LOVE ♥ this month.
Feel the difference!
You are so worth it!
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leading a healthy gluten-free life?